“Through their creative media participation…people recognize that their voices are worth listening to, that they are part of their community, and that they have achieved an understanding of others and of their own culture. As a result, they build a strengthened sense of pride and self-esteem…Direct participation gives… an opportunity (to be) positive and effective social actors within local, national and global communities. By participating in the media at all levels…people gain intimate knowledge of what drives the media as well as build the skills to produce their own media outputs so they can communicate their own messages and stories.” 
(UN campaign,2008)

The indigenous peoples of Guatemala have kept their culture through 500 years of colonization, brutal repression, and, most recently, 36 years of genocide that killed 200,000 Maya. But where brute force failed, globalization is succeeding. Mainstream Western entertainment is now flooding Guatemala‘s airwaves, hammering home the 24-hour-a-day message that Mayans should abandon their languages, their clothing, their spirituality, and their identities. And the only thing holding back this tidal wave of homogeneity is a network of tiny 500-watt radio stations.

Cultural Survival is partnering with Guatemalan non-governmental organizations to strengthen this network of 175 community radio stations across the country, many of which broadcast in one or more of the country’s 23 indigenous languages. The stations provide news, educational programming, health information, and traditional music, all reinforcing pride in Mayan heritage 

This project is based on the notion of citizen journalism. 
The term citizen journalism refers to a wide range of activities in which everyday people contribute information or commentary about news events. Citizen journalism epitomizes the belief that the experiences of people personally involved with an issue present a different and often more complete picture of events than can be derived from the perspective of an outsider. By granting access and providing skills to individuals, citizen journalism presents a more personal view of events and 

has the potential to cultivate communities of people with a common interest. This is especially prevalent as technology is advancing and communication through mediums such as the internet connects countries and citizens across the world. Citizen journalists have broken a wide range of stories and provide unique insider perspectives on issues affecting themselves and their communities.  

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